Speight Jenkins, general director emeritus of Seattle Opera, will lead an evening lecture series for the University of Washington’s Professional and Continuing Education division.
Speight Jenkins, former general director of Seattle Opera, is lending his voice to a subject he has down pat: The different kinds of pipes a singer has to have to perform opera (tenor, soprano, baritone, mezzo-soprano, bass, and varieties thereof).
Starting Sept. 19, he’ll lecture on “Voices of Opera” at the University of Washington, during which students will learn about “ the different types of voices that make up this diverse art form and learn about baroque, classical, veristic, romantic and expressionistic styles of music,” according to the UW series description. And students should come armed with opinions: “Nothing about opera is subject to more disagreement than the discussion of voices,” the site states.
Lectures are 6:30-9 p.m. over five Mondays: Sept. 19, 26, and Oct. 3, 10 and 17. Information on fees and registration: depts.washington.edu/uwconf/wordpress/opera/.